Dragnea takes to court EC’s denial to open inquiry on the OLAF investigation in the Tel Drum file

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The Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea has reported in court the denial by the European Commission to probe into the investigation carried out by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) in the Tel Drum file, where Dragnea is prosecuted for corruption.

Dragnea’s lawyers have filed an appeal to the European Court of Justice against the European Commission on December 11, 2018, arguing the EC representatives have broken the principle of sound administration by refusing to probe into the OLAF investigation. He asked the EC to cover the legal expenses.

The first ground invoked by Dragnea is that article 9, paragraphs 1, 2 and 4 had been broken in the OLAF regulations, as well as the plaintiff’s right of defence within investigations, including the right to be heard and the benefit of doubt.

The second reason is based on the violation of the principle of sound administration regarding investigations, as well as the denial to open an inquiry over the OLAF investigation.

The third reason is based on the violation of the right of access to the documents in the OLAF investigation.

Liviu Dragnea is represented by lawyers B. O’Connor and S. Gubel.

OLAF has filed the notification that prompted Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors in Romania to open the Tel Drum file.

On January 7, the European Commission announced that it had been notified on the PSD leader’s action in court, saying it will file its observations in due time, mentioning that it respects the independence of OLAF and other courts.

Dragnea has sued the European Commission in the attempt to obtain the annulment of the OLAF report, which determined there was EU funds embezzlement in the Tel Drum file.

DNA prosecutors announced in November last year that Liviu Dragnea is criminally prosecuted in the Tel Drum file for setting up a criminal organised group, abuse of office and EU funds embezzlement, in order to favour Tel Drum company so that it should get public contracts.

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